New Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Hawthorn is an education hub.  Our  district is home to 45 primary schools including 12 prep to Year 12 (P-12) schools and 21 secondary schools. Also, Hawthorn is  home to Swinburne University which offers TAFE courses and higher education degrees for not only our community but all of Australian. The Swinburne Hawthorn campus has around 3,500 students enrolled in vocational courses and 14,500 students enrolled in higher education courses. Our area is full of intelligent, skilled and hard-working people who value education.

At this time there is a desperate need for more trainees and apprenticeships, especially amongst young people. Recent statistics from Boroondara Council and the ABS found around 800 youth (Ages 15-24) living in the Hawhtorn area are disengaged.  Young people are considered disengaged if they are not in the labour force, employment or training.

With these figures in mind I am very happy to promote the Victorian Government is supporting of 300 young Victorians into apprenticeships and traineeships as part of its $500 million Working for Victoria Fund.

The new apprentices and trainees, aged between 15 and 24, will be placed with public sector employers across the state including local councils, hospitals, schools, TAFEs and water authorities. As part of the drive, the Government has joined with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) to increase the participation rate of young people in the workforce while assisting communities to meet future skill and employment needs.

The network will coordinate 26 group training organisations to place young people into roles at government hubs in regional centres such as Ballarat and Geelong and state government departments and agencies including WorkSafe Victoria, Victorian Regional Channels Authority and Ambulance Victoria.

Since its launch in April, Working for Victoria has created more than 10,000 jobs for people who have lost their jobs including those that have been impacted by coronavirus, while delivering a valuable community service.

For more information or to register for Working for Victoria go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.